We were a bit skeptical about getting this dyson against the other good ones(I would call them bulkier as compared to the dc44), but since overstock had a free return , we decided to try it. We live in a 1000 sqft apartment and space is always a constrain, so the fact that you can hook this up on a wall was appealing. So after almost a month of using this vaccum, we are very pleased with the purchase. Here are the only points which bothered us initially, but not anymore -
1. The actual time the battery runs - 20 mins(8 minutes in full power) - We certainly felt that 5 mins more on top of 20 would have made a big difference; however we noticed that since it is light and cordless, its easier to move around and we complete almost 90% of the apartment in about 20 mins. Now, since we vacuum about twice a week, there's not much dirt in the apartment and most of the times we finish our apartment in less than 20 mins. I would say that the ease of maneuvering this unit makes up for the less time.
2. The vacuum head is not wide enough - being a small vacuum we were initially feeling that the head being small, we take more time to cover a small area as against the wider head vacuums. However with use we noticed that the weight and the ease of maneuvering the vacuum (and being cordless) is much more efficient that the wider vacuum heads we had before. This is not a concern now.
3. You need to keep the button pressed for the unit to stay on - This was a big pain. But not a big concern after you get used to it.
4. Frequent clean up of the vacuum head - the only thing which still bothers me is that all the hair gets entangled(rolls up on the vacuum brush) in the vacuum brush after every clean. This does mean that I have to clean up the vacuum head brush after every run, but the benefits of the vacuum make up for it. I also think that this is the case with all the vacuums, but most of the vacuums do not make it so easy as dyson to keep your vacuum clean.
I do not need to talk all the good things about dyson since they keep up to the reputation. But hopefully the above helps you with the purchase.
I love this machine. If you are looking for something to suck up dirt, crumbs, pet hair, etc. it is perfect. I have a large house so I wouldn't depend on it to do the whole thing but it probably would work well for a small house or apartment. I needed it for spot cleaning and it does a great job.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Spot on
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Excellent
How accurate was the on site description of the product? Good
I use this vac for pet hair on hardwood floors and to pick up the mess from my firewood. Vac does both with ease. With two dogs this vac gets used almost daily and the work gets done because it is so much easier than breaking out the big vac. Batery life has not been a trouble as I can do my entire Cape 1st floor in a basic clean up on a charge. Easilly lasts 15 min on standard suction about half that on boost mode but I really dont need the extra suction unless its in a corner that got wet like in the bathroom. I am glad I bought this over the 35 model. Attachments are quality and both brushes work very well and its easy to get the long hairs that wrap around the power brush off. Be carefull on cleanout you press the button and the bottom drops open and you need to be aware dust can dump out if you are not over the trash but once you do it once you will figure it out. I am very glad I spent the money on this unit it is pricey but I get my use out of it. My only grip is the paint on the tube handle scratches very easily and it was scratched up after the first use but it is a tool not a display piece but why paint it if it is not super durable.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? blue on tube a little darker
Please tell us about the quality of the product. perfect quality for the tool
How accurate was the on site description of the product? very good
This vacuum is even lighter than I imagined yet the power is awesome. Sometimes a technology comes along and redefines the product. This is one of those technologies. Yes it's more expensive, and yes it is that much better. It's like having a big powerful vac in a small handy package. Spend the money - you won't be sorry.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? The same
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Super high quality.
How accurate was the on site description of the product? perfect
This vacuum can indeed serve as a whole-house vacuum provided you have a small house/apt and mostly hard-surface floors (with some small amount of rugs and carpeting). Before purchasing I looked at many sites for reviews of this product before purchasing, and was specifically looking for the capability of this vacuum to serve as a whole-house vacuum for hardwood floors. I found a few that said yes, and purchased it based on that assumption. This vacuum does in-fact have the power and capacity to clean an entire small house (floors, furniture, etc) if you have mostly hard-surface floors. I have a 1450 sq. foot house with 80-90% hardwood and tile floors with 2 area rugs. It has the same suction power on hard surfaces as my 12-amp Bissel upright and plenty of battery life for an entire house. On carpet, you really do need to use the "Max Power" option, which uses double the battery power, so this vacuum would not be sufficient to clean an entire house if much of it was carpeted surfaces. It is GREAT as a spot cleaner either way, but at $300-400, it's really expensive for that use. It is great to be able to grab it off the wall and clean anywhere and everywhere without finding a plug behind furniture and having to move the cord in each room. Additionally, it fits UNDER all of my furniture, so I don't have to move furniture to clean under it or to find a plug behind it. It does have a very small capacity, so expect to empty if often if you have a lot of pet hair. On the trigger issue that many people complain about, I don't really have an issue with holding it down during use, but it could definitely be a "softer" trigger with less force required. I tied a rubber band around it to reduce the force necessary to activate it, which I had seen suggested in another review, and this did make it a bit easier, but the rubber band broke later and I haven't bothered to replace it.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? completely accurate
Please tell us about the quality of the product. well built with high quality materials
How accurate was the on site description of the product? completely accurate
This vacuum has some issues; One being the button has to be held the entire time it is used,this causes finger cramping and discomfort. Second it tends to stop or not start up for any little thing that ends up in the brush. Would not have bought if I would have known the trouble I would have. It cost too much to deal with this.
I love this little cordless Dyson! I have the big Dyson animal which is great as well.
This cordless is great for quick pick ups! I have indoor cats, so I'm always vacuuming!
I guess the only con maybe for some that the charge is only for 20 minutes.
And takes 5 hours to recharge.
It works for me! You won't be disappointed!
I love this hand held cordless vacuum. It pricy but it's worth very penny! It' easy to use and very light. The attachment that came with it is very useful. Dyson makes a FANTASTIC products. I have more then one of their vacuum cleaners. I wished that I would have bought it sooner.
Thank you for your inquiry, pdxpatti1. The long shaft is not adjustable, but it is removable to make a smaller hand held vacuum which will be perfect for stairs. We hope this helps. Thank you for shopping with us. overstockcustomercare1 on Jul 3, 2014
Thank you for your question. The tools that this product comes with are a mini motorized tool, crevice tool, combination accessory tool, and remote charger. Please let me know if you have any further questions, and thank you for shopping with us! Have a great day! -Racheloverstockcustomercare2 on Dec 1, 2013
Hello, warriorintegity. Hope your day is going well. This item comes with a 2-year manufacturer's warranty. Thank you for shopping with us and please feel free to contact us again with any further questions.
overstockcustomercare1 on May 16, 2013
This vacuum has a 2 year warranty on their site. The larger vacuums have 5 year warranties.lyss87000 on Dec 16, 2013
Can you charge the battery off of the machine so that you might have a back up battery on charge all the time?aeroheadcww on Dec 1, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Docking Station-Stores the machine and attachments when not in use. The battery can be charged while the machine is in the docking station, or separately from the machine.overstockcustomercare1 on Dec 3, 2012
Yes, I was very pleased to see this, but I have not had a need for a second battery in my use yet.heisman304 on May 30, 2013
Yes, and quite well, but you do need to have the "Max Power" function turned on (which ups the motor revs and suction power), which drains battery life at about 2x the normal rate, so if you have a lot of carpet you'll run out of battery in about half the time. This is fine if you are just cleaning 1 room at a time or if most of your house is hard surfaces. This vacuum could probably only clean 1-2 fully carpeted rooms on a single charge.heisman304 on May 30, 2013
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